Lunch Like A Local 2017
If you want to discover where the best restaurants are on the Outer Banks to grab lunch…..just ask a local. The greatest lunch dives offer everything from a sit-down meal to a quick bite, a refreshing drink and a waterfront view. Choose from one of these popular restaurants and enjoy your midday meal the way the locals do.
Salt Water Grill
If you are looking for fresh, local seafood and Southern classics with an innovative flair, head to Salt Water Grill. Favorite menu items include the grilled shrimp B.L.T., featuring locally sourced shrimp wrapped in Virginia bacon and served on a grilled potato bun with homemade Old Bay aioli. You’ll also want to try their shrimp and grits, all-natural chicken and beef selections as well as vegetarian and gluten free choices. With so many delicious choices, everyone in your crew will find something they love at Salt Water Grill.
North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar
North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar has been a local favorite in Corolla for more than 20 years. With daily lunch specials and a great lunch menu with delicious choices for everyone in your group, North Banks uses only the freshest local ingredients and locally caught seafood and takes pride in its homemade delicious sauces and dressings. At North Banks, you are guaranteed service in a timely manner by vibrant, friendly, and efficient staff. Don’t miss their innovative beverage menu handcrafted by attentive bartenders. You’ll leave saying “Now I know why all the locals recommend North Banks!” Dine in or carry out to the beach.
Fishbones Raw Bar & Restaurant
With a menu that is sure to satisfy every appetite, served in a fun and casual beach-inspired atmosphere, Fishbones is the perfect place to lunch just like a local. Diners may select from a small plate, large plate or a shareable menu, or they can opt to enjoy one of the chef’s delicious daily specials. With a popular raw bar, full burger bar, popular local favorites like the Gouda Pork Belly burger, Maui B.L.T. or the Fresh Catch Sandwich with Avocado Salsa, you’ll love lunchtime at Fishbones that always comes complete with a festive vibe and coastal feel.
Located right beside the Currituck Sound since 1989, owners John and Sam like to say, “We’re all about food and wine, we just happen to have the view!” At the Blue Point, lunch can be a dining experience usually reserved for dinner. Lunch seating is available in the comfortable, “cool” dining room with expansive water views, at the bar or on the open-air deck adjoining the yard. Sunday Brunch with live music is a locals’ favorite. Open every day but Monday.
Bad Bean Baja Grill
Bad Bean Baja Grill is, hands down, a local’s favorite on the Outer Banks. Offering a wide selection of food and libations, Bad Bean’s lunch & dinner menu selections are the perfect mix of Southwestern, Mexican and Baja fare. There is plenty for the kids to enjoy, not to mention Bad Bean favorites like homemade salsa and guacamole, fresh, seasonal mojitos, local fish, and nightly specials. Relax with one of the many craft beers on draft while everyone in your party enjoys the delicious cuisine.
Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar
At Barefoot Bernie’s, we can satisfy everyone’s tastes, cravings and dietary restrictions with a diverse menu inspired by the tropics. “Your favorite food with a twist” is the perfect way to describe the popular dishes you’ll find on the menu – from seafood, steaks and salads, to pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and many gluten-free selections. Health-conscious diners will be delighted to find a list of low calorie selections as well. Friendly service and consistently tasty food are a priority at Barefoot Bernie’s and as a result, it’s become a favorite among locals and visitors who can dine out without breaking the bank.
I Got Your Crabs
I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar is locally owned and operated, and here you can actually say that the owners may have even caught your meal. You’ll love watching them shuck oysters and crack open crabs for you and your family. And don’t miss a local favorite – seafood tacos that can be mixed or matched. You’ll love lunching like a local at I Got Your Crabs, where they shuck and you enjoy.
If you want authentic North Carolina BBQ, you’ll love High Cotton, where these Tarheel natives slow smoke their barbecue over hickory coals and pair it with classic sides. There’s something for everyone, from beef brisket and ribs to smoked or fried chicken and Brunswick stew and barbecue. High Cotton is the perfect place to take a lunch break and get your NC BBQ fix. The menu also includes plenty of gluten-free options.
Stop by the Sandtrap Tavern and lunch like a local! Located on Sea Scape Golf Links with views of the ocean, Sandtrap Tavern is fast becoming a local’s favorite. Sandtrap’s menu includes daily specials and local homegrown specialties. Enjoy everything from delicious handcrafted burgers and sandwiches to slow-smoked creations, aged and seasoned prime rib, pork belly bruschetta and fresh salads made with local ingredients. You’ll love dining at Sandtrap, as you relax in a tavern atmosphere. The tavern’s large bar area features seven big screen televisions and a local and regional wine and beer selection.
Kill Devil Hills
For more than 30 years, Pigman’s Bar-B-Que has been a favorite spot to lunch among locals and visitors alike. Famous for their North Carolina-style BBQ and Southern hospitality, Pigman’s features four varieties of BBQ, award-winning ribs, smoked chicken, and country ham all served with classic sides or packaged in a picnic to go. This is truly a lunch you’ll come back for again and again.
Your whole family will love Bob’s Grill, where you can choose from their breakfast or lunch menu all day! An Outer Banks tradition to many, Bob’s Grill has been voted best breakfast on the beach by locals and visitors. The Grill is also famous for its Crab Cake Sandwich, Seafood PO-Boy and Angus Burger. The little tikes will love all the options from Bob’s kids’ menu.
Two Roads Tavern
Two Roads Tavern is your ultimate burger and oyster bar. If you are in the mood for a delicious burger with funky toppings, and you want to wash it down with a frosty mug of craft beer or cocktail, this is the place. All burgers are made with quality beef and there are plenty of sandwiches, salads, seafood and veggie options to please everyone. Raw and specialty topped Oysters are also a favorite at Two Roads Tavern. With daily lunch specials and 10 craft beers on tap, this burger and oyster bar with a coastal twist is a local favorite.
Come find out why Coastal Living magazine readers chose Tortugas’ Lie to be a “Favorite Seafood Dive” in the State of North Carolina. That publication gave Tortugas’ kudos for its “island atmosphere, large libations and standard favorites.” Come see for yourself why it’s one of those little secrets that locals just want to keep to themselves.
Lucky 12 Tavern
Ever hear of bankers, teachers, tourists, senior citizens, sports fans and entire families all picking the same place for lunch? Well, at Lucky 12 Tavern you’ll discover that everyone can order from the same menu and be happy. It’s no surprise that the same fun tavern that serves pizza until 2 a.m. has caught on for midday meals of local seafood, salads, wings, and NY pizza. Lucky 12 is known for its extensive beer selection (20 on draft and 90 bottled or canned) and has 20 TVs to keep the most avid sports fans happy.
Sam & Omie’s Restaurant
Sam & Omie’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary this season and has maintained its barefoot and beachy atmosphere from the very beginning. Before the big marinas were built, fishermen gathered here to launch their charter fishing trips, and Sambo and Toby Tillett saw the opportunity to offer food to these hungry sailors. Now open for three meals a day, this Nags Head landmark serves everything from omelets to full seafood dinners. Top lunch picks are the shrimp burger and the fresh fish sandwich. At Sam & Omie’s old habits die hard (and fishermen flock to familiar feeding grounds), so don’t be surprised if you overhear a few whopper fish tales from the next table.
Sugar Shack Seafood Market
Sugar Shack knows exactly how the locals like their seafood. This local favorite offers sandwiches, baskets, steamed buckets and your choice of seafood fried to perfection. Eat in or order to go, you’ll love this secret lunch spot right on the Roanoke Sound. Guests can choose from seafood boats to seafood by the pound. Enjoy local favorites like grilled Mahi Mahi with Jamaican Jerk, the Surf & Turf Sandwich, something from the raw bar or right from the oyster bar. Also on tap are delicious soups, salads, appetizers and wraps. Sugar Shack Seafood Market, on the water in Nags Head
Dirty Dick’s Crab House
Dirty Dick’s Crab House takes lunchtime seriously. Featuring ten daily lunch specials starting at $7.99 and an all-day menu of popular sandwiches on fresh-baked buns with homemade French fries, the options are endless. They know their crab cakes – they’ve served more than one million of them to hungry guests! If you are looking for a mid-day feast with all-you-can-eat specials, head over to Dirty Dick’s, where they can handle hungry crowds of any size.